An RMIT PhD candidate and surveying student have taken home high profile industry prizes at the 2014 Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards.
Dr Seyedhossein Pourali and Jean Désiré Aldo Auleebux won the Postgraduate and Undergraduate awards respectively for groundbreaking projects conducted during their time at RMIT.
Supported by government and industry, the Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards cast a spotlight on current innovators in the spatial information industry.
In its 10th year, the ceremony was attended by leaders from both government and industry.
Dr Pourali's award-winning project explored how local government can harness new forms of geospatial information to offset problems associated with flood risk and global warming.
Dr Pourali's research supervisor, Dr Colin Arrowsmith, said the study's insights would be instrumental in the implementation of land care projects across Victoria.
"Dr Pourali's research presents a cost-effective, intuitive method for planners and coastal engineers to develop climate change adaptation strategies," Dr Arrowsmith said.
"It provides sustainable solutions to the complex problems facing regional and coastal communities across Victoria."
Mr Auleebux took home the Undergraduate prize for his project ePlan: The challenges and opportunities in creating plans of subdivision in Victoria, which aimed to provide industry with new options for producing electronic survey plans of the state's property boundaries.
The project was conducted as part of Mr Auleebux’s fourth year of study in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying), and was supported by the student’s own part time surveying employer, SMEC Australia as well as the government agency Land Victoria in the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.
Mr Auleebux's research supervisor, Dr Donald Grant, praised the project for offering a more streamlined method for the surveying industry to share their work.
"Efficiencies and improvements in data quality in the flow of information between surveyors and the department are of great interest, not only to the surveying industry, but indirectly to all landowners and developers in Victoria," Dr Grant said.
"The award not only recognises the high quality of Aldo's research, but also the high level of relevance of RMIT's surveying and geospatial programs to the profession and industry."
Mr Auleebux said his time at RMIT had widened his horizons.
"The School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences allows us to explore our field of study further during our Major Project," he said.
"My time in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) has allowed me to engage with different perspectives on the surveying and the geospatial industry."